Travelling in the Winter months in Canada is an interesting challenge. By Winter, I mean anytime between October to May – so… more than half the year. The snow hills come alive with skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and ski-mobilers. The lakes in the really cold places become ice-skating rinks. All other activities come to a grinding halt.
This was a common occurrence on a recent trip to Banff and Jasper, both on the trip up there and once in the Rockies: “Closed / Fermé”
How do they close a lake you ask?? By closing the carpark.
Keep in mind these photos were taken in April, well into spring. Imagine what these places would be like in Winter!
Most of the hikes were closed, although some were open for snow-shoeing. The Enchanted Forest and Skytrek were closed until May, as were the boardwalk walks near Revelstoke and the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. And of course, if you are looking for food, drink, petrol / gas or a place to stay, you might be out of luck there too!